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I went running a couple of nights ago. I’d been working out for a while and decided to go for the first run in a really long time. So I took the windy road up and around the first few blocks, turned left at the second stop sign, and left again at the next to begin my climb up the hill. It had been uphill from the start, but the next 1/4 mile was a steady incline followed by a steep hill that peaked to overlook all of downtown San Diego. It was a test.

With Krystal Meyers blaring through Everen’s iPod, I charged up the hill, ignoring the voice inside that told me to stop. And I prayed. I prayed for guidance. For mercy. For grace. And for the wisdom required to take the next step in this race God has given me to run.

I admit, part of me wants to give up. With “When I finally make it home…” running through my head constantly, I can’t help but think about how much easier it will be when I stand before the King and no longer have to keep my feet moving down here. This race……

And then, just as I’m ready to give in to it, a still, small voice inside encourages me to keep going…to ignore the voice begging me to stop…telling me I can’t do it…that I can’t make it.

Keep running, Jon. Run to me and I will give you rest.

Ah, yes. Now I remember the way…..

From his career in professional baseball to an attempt at professional golf and the tragic loss of his wife, Jon Graves is on the journey of his life.
Love always.

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  • Sarah
    July 31, 2008

    Ooooooooh I so can relate to that. But isnt God good that He so longs for us to run to Him and give it all. I dont know why but reading that, there was such peace in it. It truely ministered to my soul.
    I am praying for you always, as you know. I love you and know that God will see you through all the hard stuff that weighs so heavy on your heart.
    I think each day He is refining us to be more and more like Him and to trust Him more with this life of ours that is fading. I think that each day He is longing for our character to shine (HIM) for all to see. That through the tough times we are bringing Him glory. Cause its not us that we are to live for, its Him. And yeah we forget that in the midst of every day busyness or the pains of life weigh us down. But He brings us back to remember this life isnt ours its His.
    Thank God that we do have a place of rest at the end of this run/race. Thank you Jesus for that. I love you and hope that God gives you great peace through it all. I know He will cause He is faithful to do so.

  • Anonymous
    August 15, 2008

    Yes, keep running the race. God will give you the strength, grace and peace. He has a plan for you (and the boys) and will be the light of your path.

Christian the Overcomer